Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Ranks 61st Overall On NFL Network Top 100 Players List

The annual Top 100 Players of 2013 show that airs on the NFL Network revealed their Nos. 61-70 ranked players on Thursday night and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger surprisingly wound up in the No. 61 spot this year.

Last year, the 31 year-old Roethlisberger was ranked No. 30 overall in the rankings and fourth at his position behind only Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. This year, however, 11 other quarterbacks will rank higher than Roethlisberger, who missed four games last season due to injuries suffered in the Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite his missed games, Roethlisberger finished the 2012 season 284-of-449 passing for 3,265 yards with 26 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. For comparison\’s sake, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who will almost certainly wind up being ranked higher than Roethlisberger this year, was 339-of-627 passing during his rookie season for 4,374 yards with 23 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who of course has coached both Roethlisberger and Luck, chimed in on the rankings after the show.

“That just shows how much the players know. That\’s just absolutely ridiculous,” said Arians, when asked what he thought about Roethlisberger coming in as the 12th ranked quarterback on the list this year. “This is an elite player, has been for a long time and had a great year last year in a new system. Yeah, that baffles me, that one.”

Arians was asked if the low ranking of Roethlisberger says something about the guy, more than it does the player.

“No, because their not voting on that,” said Arians. “They\’re voting on what\’s happening between the white lines and this is a great, elite player, who every Sunday shows up and carries a football team. He is the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Arians was then asked if he thought that the players that voted held missing games against Roethlisberger due to injuries.

“He hasn\’t missed many,” said Arians. “The injury this year was a critical one to them and their season, but he is their offense and their offense is pretty solid.”

Arians, who went on to say that Roethlisberger is one of the top six quarterbacks currently in the league, was next asked what he thought about Luck being ranked ahead of the Steelers quarterback.

“That surprises me,” said Arians, who was Luck\’s offensive coordinator in 2012 with the Colts. “Andrew is going to be a fantastic quarterback – had an unbelievable year as a rookie – obviously he broke all the records. They\’re two tremendous athletes and neither one gets the credit for their athleticism. Big strong guys. Andrew belongs on the list, but he\’s not at that stage yet. He\’s got to put a couple of rings on his finger and a bunch more wins.”

Look, we all know that these rankings don\’t amount to a hill of beans and once I heard a few years ago that more than just a few players don\’t even vote on this, I really could care less for the show outside of hearing the players comment about other players.

For Roethlisberger to be ranked 12th overall at his position and 61st overall is absolutely crazy and it is clear that whatever players did vote this time around got it way wrong.

So, forget about the overall rankings and instead tell me where you think Roethlisberger ranks right now as far as the quarterback position goes. Is Arians indeed correct in saying that he is still top six?

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • TJimmy

    He’s a top six, but throwing those late interceptions last year, and failing to get it done in the last super bowl has caused people to wonder if he is the “clutch player” he used to be. His durability is also in question. These intangibles aren’t seen on a stat sheet, but they affect a person’s ranking.

  • 2443scott

    well lets see where peyton who won only one superbowl and brady who won 3 oppps cheated to win 3 superbowls get placed …..ben plays football way its suppose to be played the other qbs play the way nfl lets and wants them to play ……they can make all the lists they want i will take ben over any them if he played every game like he does and never won ..because thats football …..not hey the wind from the linebackers hand blew over my face ref throw the flag and nfl he needs to be fined remember i am the qb protect me …..well thats why hes at 61 cause players now a days are slackers and winers and rather have a flag then do there jobs to get yards ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    These rankings are just something to watch on TV. Ben did blow it at the end of last year, but before the injury he was on pace for MVP status.

  • Richard Edlin

    When fit, I would place him probably at #5-6.

    A franchise quarterback is one that the franchise can rely upon to be there. Given his fragile health, the state of the OLine and his petulance when faced with a gameplan that would keep him safe, he’s no longer reliabile. His cap hit is massive though, and something’s got to give … either the OLine works and we can go run heavy, he accepts Haley’s gameplan, he accepts that he’s not close to elite and is paid accordingly OR the Steelers look elsewhere. I think the last is the most likely.

  • Richard Edlin

    Unfortunately, his durability isn’t in question … he’s never good for 16 games a year and he’s frequently pretty banged up by the time that the postseason comes around (whether or not the team makes it).

  • Dan

    If he can ever stay healthy for a whole season, then he’ll have a better chance of playing well for 16 games and racking up some stats and double-digit wins. As for 2012, he didn’t. What he did in past seasons doesn’t matter for the 2012 ranking so 61st is reasonable.
    I watch a lot of NFL Network, but I just can’t sit to watch a “Top whatever” show for two months. Man this is a long off-season….missing the playoffs doesn’t help.

  • PoKey21

    All About Health. If the second half of the season went as well as the first half he would have been listed top 10.

  • zyzak

    Why does anyone care about the NFL network, it is clearly one of the worst ideas ever on TV. Most people can’t even get it, to bring it here was a mistake

  • Stephen Dale

    what PoKEY 21 said…….it is all about staying healthy and having a decent team around him. Its not his talent that is in question ; its his health and duribility.

  • Isaac Reveles

    it definitely had nothing to do with the OL and him constantly having to run for his life..

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    These are the same players that ranked Heath Miller at what? 97?..stupid….I would put Ben at 5 or 6 out of current QBs. Miller should have been a top 20 for how valued he is to his team.

  • Ahmad

    Arians was spot on with everything he said. I also want to add that when he was asked the question of what QB would he take to win one game, he chose Ben and he said it was because Ben put a ring on his finger. Well you can’t argue with that now can you?

  • steeltown

    The whole rankings thing is ridiculous, the ‘top 100′, the ‘power rankings’, all of it…. idiotic and misinformed assumptions

  • steeltown

    Steelers players tend to never get respect… it’s crazy
    Even Mike Wallace was always dogged for not being an ‘all around WR’ but as soon as he became a UFA he’s labeled as one of the best in the League by all the same so called “experts”…… very strange

  • LouPGH

    I guess it depends on how you measure durability. Ben’s ability to turn a broken play into a TD is his best asset and his biggest liability. That liability was exacerbated in BA’s offense and Ben took a lot of knocks. That said, on a strictly # of hits / % of time missed basis, I would argue he is one of the more “durable” QBs in the NFL, insofar as he can sustain quite a bit more abuse than most QBs.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    I agree! Last year he was having a great season until he got
    injured! Also, he was playing under a new system—to rank Luck above Ben is comical

  • Matt

    I haven’t taken their little list seriously since it first came out 3 years ago so I wont be taking it serious this year. Especially a list in which 11 QBs are supposedly better than Roethlisberger? Who could possibly be? Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Even naming undeserving guys or guys on the same level Manning, Ryan, Romo, Wilson, Luck, Flacco, RG3… that’s 10… Who the hell else could they even think was better than Ben last season?!

  • David Edward

    Quite frankly, I have no interest in this list whatsoever. I’d rather watch the top 100 of all time.

  • Richard Edlin

    I think that’s definitely true – but even last year when he wasn’t in Arian’s offense he seemed to complain a lot about Haley’s offense and occasionally just seemed to ignore the play calls entirely.

    So yes, his ability to extend plays is great but we need to get as much of that as we can without exposing him to the risks that mean he misses or plays 1/2 the season injured. That’s a fine balance but until he can actually listen to an OC and follow the gameplan, his QB ranking needs to reflect his inability to play a season.

  • JC

    Arians is correct, Ben is a top 6 QB. People will not respect or understand how truly great Big Ben actuality is until he’s retired.

  • JC

    Exactly. I’m confident in saying that we wouldn’t have won 2 Super Bowls if it weren’t for Ben. Lets face it, this team would still be relying on guys like Tommy Maddox and Kordell Stewart to win a Super Bowl. As Steelers fans, we need to enjoy Ben now because these type of players don’t come around very often.

  • Carlos250

    Bens late picks and Dumb Money fumbles cost the Steelers an 11 win season, it’s that simple. Love the on field Ben, not so much the petulant, passive aggressive off the field guy. He hasn’t been clutch in a season and a half, can’t blame that on scheme….that’s concerning…..making Romo like throws in the last two mins. At the end of the day he’s been to the show 3 times and won twice….makes him top 2.

  • Williamsnick26

    As long as he keeps making the top of the list that gets you a ring it really doesn’t matter what the backup punter from Jacksonville thinks

  • joeblow

    12th is about right, I take the following before ben:

    stafford
    brees
    brady
    luck
    ryan
    pmanning
    emanning
    flacco
    rodgers
    dalton
    rgIII

  • JPet

    lmao this is hilarious! I take only P. Manning, Brady, Rodgers, and Brees over Reothlisberger. There is no way Stafford, Ryan, E. Manning, Flacco, Dalton, and RG3 are better than him. Is this a joke or something? XD